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Find the designer styles you’ve dreamed off at prices you hadn’t. The Optical shop at Lakeland Eye Clinic carries a complete range of prescription glasses and sunglasses for the entire family that fit your needs, lifestyle and budget.
Get the perfect eyeglasses to fit your face and convey your personality, with frames from Timex, Silhouette and Dolce & Gabbana to name but a few. For your comfort we also offer ultra thin – lightweight “High Index” lenses, frameless eyeglasses as well as retro styles and a great selection of eyeglasses for children – all with fast delivery.
Protect your vision with eyewear for specific tasks, such as computer screen glare, or enhance your fishing, boating and sports experience, with sunglasses available with and without prescription lenses from Maui Jim, Ray Ban, and Costa Del Mar.
Decades of experience, a caring staff, four convenient locations and the most advanced eye-care technology available, make getting the perfect eye-glasses or sunglasses more convenient than ever. Improve the way you see your world, and the way it sees you at Lakeland Eye Clinic.
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SOME PEOPLE ARE AT GREATER RISK FOR UV–RELATED EYE DAMAGE
Some studies show that people with certain eye diseases such as macular degeneration and retinal dystrophy may be at greater risk for UV-related sun damage. As a precaution, they should wear sunglasses whenever they go outside.
A number of scientific studies indicate that spending long hours in the sun without eye protection can damage your eyes by contributing to cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eye, including cancer. Based on these studies, ophthalmologists recommend that you wear 99% and above UV-absorbent sunglasses and a brimmed hat whenever you’re in the sun for long periods of time.
WHEN TO WEAR SUNGLASSES
Sunglasses should be worn anytime you are outdoors, particularly under these circumstances:
• During the summer, when the level of ultraviolet radiation
(UVA and UVB) is at least three times higher than during the winter
• When at the beach or in the water
• When participating in winter sports, especially at high altitudes
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING SUNGLASSES
Most sunglasses are designed to protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful effects. Often the labels on sunglasses promise protection from ultraviolet light and other kinds of natural radiation. It is important to know what kind of light you need to protect your eyes from and what type of light is not necessarily harmful.
Blocking 99% of ultraviolet rays
You should always buy sunglasses with this feature. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight is linked to eye disease. UVB radiation is considered more dangerous to the eyes and skin than UVA radiation. Both plastic and glass lenses absorb some UV light, but UV absorption can be improved by adding chemicals to the lens material during manufacturing or by applying special lens coatings.
Look for sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of all UV light. Some manufacturers’ labels say “UV absorption up to 400nm.” This is the same thing as 100% UV absorption.
Blocking 99% of infared rays
Infrared wavelengths are invisible and produce heat. Sunlight has low levels of infrared rays, and the eye tolerates infrared well. Some sunglass manufacturers make health claims for their products based on infrared protection, but research has not shown a close connection between eye disease and infrared rays.
Some nonprescription glasses are ground and polished to improve the quality of the lenses. Nonprescription lenses that are not ground and polished will not hurt your eyes. You do want to make sure that the lenses you buy are made properly.
To judge the quality of nonprescription sunglasses, look at something with a rectangular pattern, such as floor tile. Hold the glasses at a comfortable distance and cover one eye. Move the glasses slowly from side to side, then up and down. If the lines stay straight, the lenses are fine. If the lines wiggle, especially in the center of the lens, try another pair.
Determining lens darkness
A medium lens is good for day-to-day wear, but if you use the glasses for very bright conditions, choose a darker lens. The color and the degree of darkness do not tell you anything about the lenses’ ability to block UV light.
All sunglasses must meet impact standards set by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety. No lens is truly unbreakable, but plastic lenses are less likely than glass lenses to shatter when hit by a ball or stone.
Most nonprescription sunglass lenses are plastic. Polycarbonate plastic, used in many sports sunglasses, is especially tough, but it scratches easily. If you buy polycarbonate lenses, look for ones with scratch-resistant coatings.
Polarized lenses cut reflected glare—sunlight that bounces off smooth surfaces like pavement or water. They can be particularly useful for driving and fishing. Polarization has nothing to do with UV light absorption, but many polarized lenses are now combined with a UV-blocking substance. Check the label to make sure the lenses provide maximum UV protection.
A photochromic glass lens automatically darkens in bright light and becomes lighter in low light. Most of the darkening takes place in about half a minute, while the lightening takes about five minutes. Photochromic lenses come in a uniform or gradient tint. Although photochromic lenses may be good UV-absorbent sunglasses (again, the label must state this benefit), it takes time for them to adjust to different light conditions.
Wrap-around glasses are shaped to keep light from shining around the frames and into your eyes. Studies have shown that enough UV rays enter around ordinary eyeglass frames to reduce the benefits of protective lenses. Large-framed wraparound sunglasses can protect your eyes from all angles.
Gradient lenses are permanently shaded from top to bottom or from top and bottom toward
Single-gradient lenses (dark on top and lighter on the bottom) can cut glare from the sky but allow you to see clearly below. They are useful for driving because they don’t dim your view of the dashboard. They’re not as good, however, at reducing glare in snowy surroundings or at the beach.
Double-gradient lenses (dark on top and bottom and lighter in the middle) may be better for sports where light reflects up off the water or snow, such as sailing or skiing. Double-gradient lenses are not recommended for driving because they make the dashboard
MIRROR COATED LENSES
Mirror finishes are thin layers of various metallic coatings on an ordinary lens. Although they do reduce the amount of visible light entering your eyes, do not assume they will fully protect you against UV radiation.
Whether blue light is harmful to the eye is still controversial. Lenses that block all blue light are usually amber colored and make your surroundings look yellow or orange. The tint supposedly makes distant objects appear more distinct, especially in snow or haze. For this reason, amber sunglasses are popular among skiers, hunters, boaters, and pilots.
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